The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, often need to be extracted because they don’t erupt properly, cause pain and discomfort, or increase the risk of infections. Removing the wisdom teeth doesn’t lead to any problems. On the contrary, it improves your overall oral health by reducing possible long-term risks.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the teeth located in the furthest corners of the mouth, all the way at the back. They usually start appearing between the ages of 17 and 21, though an initial wisdom tooth evaluation should be made between the ages of 16 and 19. The wisdom teeth often have to be removed because all the other teeth are already set in place, and there’s no space for the newly-erupting teeth.
What problems does an impacted wisdom tooth cause?
- Bacteria and plaque accumulation
- Development of cyst-filled sacs
- Development of tumors
- Gum disease
- Jaw problems
- Root resorption of the surrounding teeth
- Dental decays